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Early Origins of the Wrighton family

The surname Wrighton was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Wrightenton. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century at Wrightington.

One of the first records of the family was John Rodington (died 1348), an English Franciscan, was probably a native of Ruddington, Nottinghamshire. He was educated at Oxford, where he graduated D.D., and at Paris. [1]

Early History of the Wrighton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wrighton research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1455, 1487, 1499, 1551, 1426, 1357, 1358, 1360, 1505, 1540, 1525, 1602 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Wrighton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wrighton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ridington, Riddington, Rightington, Wrightington, Wrightenton, Writington, Writttington, Ritington, Rittington, Redington, Reddington, Rettington and many more.

Early Notables of the Wrighton family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Redman (1499-1551), English Master of Trinity College, Cambridge; and Sir Richard Redman (died 1426), English politician, Speaker of the House of Commons, was son of Sir Matthew Redman of Levens, Westmorland. His father, probably a son of Sir Matthew Redman who sat for Westmorland in the parliaments of 1357 and 1358 and died in 1360. Richard Redman (died 1505), was Bishop of...
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Ireland Migration of the Wrighton family to Ireland

Some of the Wrighton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Wrighton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wrighton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas B Wrighton, aged 32, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1857 [2]

Canada Wrighton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wrighton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Wrighton, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Caledonia" from Liverpool, England

New Zealand Wrighton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Wrighton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Wrighton, (b. 1788), aged 71, English labourer, from Northampton travelling from London aboard the ship "Robert Small" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th January 1860 [3]

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook